Great British Pound (GBP)

History of the Great British Pound

The Great British Pound (GBP) is the oldest fiat money still in use today.

Also called the pound sterling, it got introduced in the 8th Century.

The GBP has survived more than ten economic crises, and many significant events including the English Revolution and two world wars, since its inception.

As England will soon be joining Scotland in circulating the new polymer banknotes, Richtopia and Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog wanted to offer you a look at a visual guide created on the history of the Great British Pound.

We thought it might be of interest to share as a reminder of the original lifespan of a British banknote – up to two and a half times less than the new polymer notes offer.

History of the Great British Pound (GBP)

Source: Sainsbury’s Bank Blog

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This page was last edited on December 26, 2019.